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Declining Alex Collins is Out-Snapped, Out-Touched, and Out-Produced by (awful) Buck Allen

Despite flashing far more ability, Alex Collins continues to frustratingly rot in a committee with the awful Buck Allen — one that doesn’t typically swing in Collins’ favor either. In fact, Week 4 is the only time Collins logged more snaps than Allen. This unfavorable ratio had never been more pronounced than versus the Browns, where Allen logged 57% of the snaps compared to 31% for Collins. Allen received 14 touches to Collins 13, including 6 of 7 RB receptions, and outgained him 78 to 66. 

Puke. Despite finishing 2017 as PFF’s top-graded rusher, avoiding any draft-day competition, and having Kenneth DIxon miss most of 2018 with injury, Collins has shockingly remained stuck in an RBBC. Even with Allen averaging 2.8 YPC and just 6.8 Yards-per-Catch, HC John Harbaugh insists on using a shared backfield, saying, “A fresh running back is a good thing. We need to spread the load.”

On the season, the siphoned GL and receiving work have Allen ahead of Collins in FPs, as Allen is the RB18 with 46.4, compared to the RB25 with 40.8 for Collins. Normally, I’d recommend Buying Low considering the talent discrepancy, but the misusage seems unlikely to change under Harbaugh. Plus, Dixon will return in Week 11 to only complicate matters further. Both remain uninspiring flex-plays, but Collins’ once high-end RB2 upside has all but evaporated.

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